What I Ate & Where in MAINE

A ten word impression plus some informational tidbits on Maine restaurants and food establishments that I have eaten at since March 2014 (when the blog began).  For more info about In Ten Words:  What I Ate & Where, go here.

RATINGS GUIDE FOR:  Would I Go Back?

Absolutely – A perfectly enjoyable experience all around – fabulous food, great service, awesome environment/décor.  Can’t wait to go back!
Hell Yeah! – Food is really good to great, place in genuine in spirit, and it’s fun to be there.
Maybe – It’s just OK.  A dish could have been off, so…I might go back.
Unlikely – Nah, not worth it.
*** – I’ve been to this establishment three times or more.

RATINGS GUIDE FOR:  WHAT ABOUT THE VEGANS?

Bring’em along! – Three or more items in various categories on the regular menu.  In my opinion, that’s pretty good for a non-vegetarian restaurant.
Hmmm…maybe –When an establishment fell in this category, I usually pursued more info, thus this is a broad sweep of a definition. Here goes:  Possibly nothing definitively vegan on the regular menu, but since there’s a few vegetarian items, you could ask for a modification if that’s possible. Also, it might indicate that the menu changes daily and sometimes, they have vegan options.  Some of these establishments indicated that they are happy to make modifications where possible. Definitely take the time to call ahead and be sure!
There’s always salad – And maybe one other little thing…and that might be OK for you.
Leave’m home – Nothing on the regular menu, modifications not possible due to the nature of the business or product.

PLEASE NOTENO MATTER WHAT this guide says, be proactive and call ahead to be sure you can be accommodated for!


Aurora Provisions, Portland, Maine II SpiritedCook.com

CAFÉ, PREPARED FOODS MARKET + CATERING:  Aurora Provisions
CITY:  Portland
CLAIM TO FAME:  A little bit of everything makes this a cozy and social neighborhood destination.
10 WORDS:  Longtime raspberry scone obsession! Tasty sandwiches/soups/more, grab dinner/wine to go.
TRY:  Raspberry scones (well, yeah!), polenta cookie with sea salt & cracked pepper.
GOOD TO KNOW:  I love to mix my coffee with a wee bit of early morning retail therapy, gushing over what is arguably the largest and best selection of high quality kitchen linens in Maine.
WHAT ABOUT THE VEGANS?  Bring’em along. They’re happy to modify sandwiches. Several vegan sides, often soup. Menu changes daily/often, call ahead!
WOULD I GO BACK?  Absolutely ***

Website

Last visited:  May 2015


David's KPT II SpiritedCook.com

RESTAURANT:  David’s KPT
TOWN:  Kennebunkport
CLAIM TO FAME: Outpost of well-known Portland chef, David Turin. The boutique hotel, The Boathouse is above.
10 WORDS: Classy, stylish, seafood a plenty, spot-on flavorful food, expertly plated.
TRY:  Vanilla Bean-Brown Butter SalmonClam Chowder
GOOD TO KNOW:  Fab, anxiety free valet parking.
WHAT ABOUT THE VEGANS? Bring’em along.  And the vegetarians, too.  Items identified on menu. Some vegetarian items can be made vegan.
WOULD I GO BACK?  Absolutely.

Website

Last visited:  April 2015             

Note:  My meal was provided for by Kennebunkport Resort Collection, but not for the purpose of this writing.  My opinion is still all mine!  However, I want to be fully transparent as required by law.  


Emilitsa Winter Menu II SpiritedCook.com

RESTAURANT: Emilitsa
CITY: Portland
CLAIM TO FAME: If NYC diner springs to mind when you think Greek restaurant (well it does for me, since family members owned a few) you’re in for a big treat.
10 WORDS: Exquisitely prepared Greek food, never misses a beat, just go!
TRY:  Spanokopita, Moussaka and roasted fish and….
GOOD TO KNOW:  Small upscale intimate setting. Reservations a must.
WHAT ABOUT THE VEGANS?  Hmmm…maybe. A few vegetarian appetizer/salad options, both capable and not, of modification, as well as one vegetarian entrée that is capable of modification.  Call ahead!
WOULD I GO BACK?  Absolutely***

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Last visited:  April 2015


Green Elephant Restaurant II SpiritedCook.com

RESTAURANT:  Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro
CITY: Portland
CLAIM TO FAME: Same owner as Boda, the Green Elephant’s meat & seafood loving relative.
10 WORDS: Lovingly prepared, vegetarian/vegan pan-Asian. Best place to convert a carnivore.
TRY  Green Leaves Wraps with Mango & Herbs, Veggie Citrus “Spare Ribs”
GOOD TO KNOW:  When the vegans & vegetarians outnumber the meat eaters, this is the place to go.
WHAT ABOUT THE VEGANS?  Bring’em along!
WOULD I GO BACK?  Hell Yeah! ***

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Last visited May 2015


Little BIGS Bakery II SpiritedCook.com

BAKERY:  Little Bigs
CITY: South Portland
CLAIM TO FAME: Does a riff off the infamous cronut, still selling their version, the CND on Sundays after 10:30am.
10 WORDS: Fabulous donuts, pastries, savory hand pies to die (happily) for!
TRY:  Chicken & Veg hand pie, Maple Glazed Crueller
GOOD TO KNOW:  Everything they make is meant to be hand-held. For lunch, I’ve dashboard dined on their savory hand pies more times than I should probably admit.
WHAT ABOUT THE VEGANS?   Leave’m home.
WILL I GO BACK?  Hell Yeah! ***

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Last visited:  May 2015


Tiqa Restaurant II SpiritedCook.com

RESTAURANT: Tiqa
CITY: Portland
CLAIM TO FAME: Located in a Marriott Courtyard hotel.  Who would’ve thunk that one.
10 WORDS: Unique, flavorful, thoughtfully prepared pan-Mediterranean inspired menu. Attractive, modern space.
TRY: Moroccan Marouzia and Tiqa Salad (I love the mustard seed crunch and surprise of date paste on the bottom of the plate.  YUMMY!)
GOOD TO KNOW:  Kitchen is often slower than comfortable between courses. Sit at the chef’s bar to be in on the kitchen action.
WHAT ABOUT THE VEGANS?  Bring’em along.  And the vegetarians, too.  Some vegetarian items can be made vegan.
WOULD I GO BACK?  Hell Yeah! ***

Website

Last visited:  April 2015


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on June 6, 2015
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